Understand What You Need To Know About Alimony And Child Support

All divorces will result in property division but not all divorces will result in a court order for alimony. Whether you have been a financially dependent spouse or have supported your spouse financially, you can expect questions of alimony — yes or no; how much; and for how long — to be part of your divorce negotiations, mediation or litigation.

The longer the two parties have been married and the more substantially one spouse has supported the other, the more likely it is that a family law court judge will expect to see some spousal support in the settlement agreement.

Factors That May Indicate Alimony Will Be Part Of Your Divorce

Connecticut General Statute 46b-82 lists several factors for the court to consider in entering an order for alimony. If you believe alimony should be or may be part of your divorce settlement, talk to a knowledgeable attorney. The considerations of a court in entering an order for alimony include, but are not limited to, the following considerations:

  • One of you has made considerably more income than the other
  • One of you supported the other through graduate school or other education or job training
  • Your marriage has lasted several years or longer
  • You or your spouse, whichever of the two has earned less, has become accustomed to a lifestyle that will not be sustainable after separation or divorce without alimony

Despite Connecticut being a "no-fault" divorce state, the court can consider fault for the breakdown of the marriage in making an order for alimony, as well as:

  • Age, health, station and occupation of each or both of the parties
  • Amount and sources of income
  • Earning capacity of each of the parties, and/or their employability
  • Education
  • The financial needs of each of the parties

If you will pay or receive spousal support before or after your divorce, or both, it is also important to know when that support will stop. Consult with a lawyer to learn how to request a modification if applicable.

How To Ensure That Your Child Support Payments Are Fair

When a marriage includes children, child support is likely to apply. At Budlong & Budlong, LLC, we work hard to ensure that our clients understand all their rights and responsibilities as separated or divorced parents of minor children.

Whether your children will be with you most of the time, half the time or less than half the time, you need to know whether you will receive (or pay) fair amounts of support. Many family law attorneys will tell you child support is determined by a formula determined by the state — but they may not tell you how to maximize your position through accurate input of data into that state calculator, or where there is cause to deviate from the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines. At Budlong & Budlong, LLC, in Hartford, we will work with you to ensure you do not pay — or fail to receive — any more (or less) than is required by law.

Do the right thing by your children by keeping your finances as secure as they can be if you will be paying or receiving child support after a separation or divorce. Perhaps you believe there is justification to change child support amounts through a modification of a family law court order because you or the other parent now has higher or lower income or expenses. Consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney without delay to learn how to go about seeking a modification.

Know Your Rights — Protect Your Financial Well-Being If You Should Pay Or Receive Alimony And/Or Child Support

Make an appointment to talk to one of our Connecticut divorce and child support lawyers or legal staff members. Reach us by calling 860-727-9900 or completing our online intake form.